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Vanja Douglas, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address513 Parnassus Ave, MSB
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-514-1575
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    University of California, San Francisco2004Gold Headed Cane Finalist
    University of California, San Francisco2007Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff
    University of California, San Francisco 2009Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching: Inpatient Care Setting
    University of California, San Francisco 2011Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
    University of California, San Francisco 2012Robert B. Layzer Award for Resident Teaching
    University of California, San Francisco 2013Sara & Evan Williams Foundation Endowed Neurohospitalist Chair

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    Vanja completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at UCSF. He joined the faculty in the Neurohospitalist Division of the Department of Neurology at UCSF in 2009, and has directed the division since 2017. Vanja spends most of his time seeing patients on the inpatient neurology consult and primary services at UCSF Health, is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents, and has won several teaching awards including the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. Vanja directed the neurology clinical clerkship from 2011 to 2018, and in 2018 he became Associate Program Director for the UCSF adult neurology residency.

    Vanja's research interests are in how systems of care impact quality for neurology inpatients and in the prediction, prevention, and management of delirium. He helped develop of a comprehensive delirium care program at UCSF Health.

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    1. Exploratory proteomic analysis implicates the alternative complement cascade in primary CNS vasculitis. Neurology. 2019 07 30; 93(5):e433-e444. Mandel-Brehm C, Retallack H, Knudsen GM, Yamana A, Hajj-Ali RA, Calabrese LH, Tihan T, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Gorman MP, Madan Cohen J, Sreih AG, Marcus JF, Josephson SA, Douglas VC, Gelfand JM, Wilson MR, DeRisi JL. PMID: 31270218.
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    2. Clinical Metagenomic Sequencing for Diagnosis of Meningitis and Encephalitis. N Engl J Med. 2019 06 13; 380(24):2327-2340. Wilson MR, Sample HA, Zorn KC, Arevalo S, Yu G, Neuhaus J, Federman S, Stryke D, Briggs B, Langelier C, Berger A, Douglas V, Josephson SA, Chow FC, Fulton BD, DeRisi JL, Gelfand JM, Naccache SN, Bender J, Dien Bard J, Murkey J, Carlson M, Vespa PM, Vijayan T, Allyn PR, Campeau S, Humphries RM, Klausner JD, Ganzon CD, Memar F, Ocampo NA, Zimmermann LL, Cohen SH, Polage CR, DeBiasi RL, Haller B, Dallas R, Maron G, Hayden R, Messacar K, Dominguez SR, Miller S, Chiu CY. PMID: 31189036.
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    3. Hospital admission and readmission among homeless patients with neurologic disease. Neurology. 2019 06 11; 92(24):e2822-e2831. Rosendale N, Guterman EL, Betjemann JP, Josephson SA, Douglas VC. PMID: 31127074.
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    4. Association between Inpatient Delirium and Hospital Readmission in Patients = 65 Years of Age: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Hosp Med. 2019 04; 14(4):201-206. LaHue SC, Douglas VC, Kuo T, Conell CA, Liu VX, Josephson SA, Angel C, Brooks KB. PMID: 30933669.
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    5. Yield of Emergent CT in Patients With Epilepsy Presenting With a Seizure. Neurohospitalist. 2019 Apr; 9(2):71-78. Kvam KA, Douglas VC, Whetstone WD, Josephson SA, Betjemann JP. PMID: 30915184.
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    6. Development and Validation of an Electronic Health Record-Based Machine Learning Model to Estimate Delirium Risk in Newly Hospitalized Patients Without Known Cognitive Impairment. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 08 03; 1(4):e181018. Wong A, Young AT, Liang AS, Gonzales R, Douglas VC, Hadley D. PMID: 30646095.
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    7. Chronic Meningitis Investigated via Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing. JAMA Neurol. 2018 08 01; 75(8):947-955. Wilson MR, O'Donovan BD, Gelfand JM, Sample HA, Chow FC, Betjemann JP, Shah MP, Richie MB, Gorman MP, Hajj-Ali RA, Calabrese LH, Zorn KC, Chow ED, Greenlee JE, Blum JH, Green G, Khan LM, Banerji D, Langelier C, Bryson-Cahn C, Harrington W, Lingappa JR, Shanbhag NM, Green AJ, Brew BJ, Soldatos A, Strnad L, Doernberg SB, Jay CA, Douglas V, Josephson SA, DeRisi JL. PMID: 29710329.
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    8. Whole-Genome mRNA Gene Expression Differs Between Patients With and Without Delirium. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2018 07; 31(4):203-210. Kalantar K, LaHue SC, DeRisi JL, Sample HA, Contag CA, Josephson SA, Wilson MR, Douglas VC. PMID: 29991314.
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    9. Central nervous system histoplasmosis: Multicenter retrospective study on clinical features, diagnostic approach and outcome of treatment. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 03; 97(13):e0245. Wheat J, Myint T, Guo Y, Kemmer P, Hage C, Terry C, Azar MM, Riddell J, Ender P, Chen S, Shehab K, Cleveland K, Esguerra E, Johnson J, Wright P, Douglas V, Vergidis P, Ooi W, Baddley J, Bamberger D, Khairy R, Vikram HR, Jenny-Avital E, Sivasubramanian G, Bowlware K, Pahud B, Sarria J, Tsai T, Assi M, Mocherla S, Prakash V, Allen D, Passaretti C, Huprikar S, Anderson A. PMID: 29595679.
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    10. Evaluation of a multicomponent pathway to address inpatient delirium on a neurosciences ward. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 02 12; 18(1):106. Brown EG, Josephson SA, Anderson N, Reid M, Lee M, Douglas VC. PMID: 29433572.
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    11. Validation of a Nurse-Based Delirium-Screening Tool for Hospitalized Patients. Psychosomatics. 2017 Nov - Dec; 58(6):594-603. Hargrave A, Bastiaens J, Bourgeois JA, Neuhaus J, Josephson SA, Chinn J, Lee M, Leung J, Douglas V. PMID: 28750835.
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    12. Predicting inpatient delirium: The AWOL delirium risk-stratification score in clinical practice. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 Nov - Dec; 38(6):567-572. Brown EG, Josephson SA, Anderson N, Reid M, Lee M, Douglas VC. PMID: 28533062.
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    13. Baylisascaris procyonis-Associated Meningoencephalitis in a Previously Healthy Adult, California, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 08; 22(8):1480-4. Langelier C, Reid MJ, Halabi C, Witek N, LaRiviere A, Shah M, Wilson MR, Chin-Hong P, Douglas V, Kazacos KR, Babik JM. PMID: 27434260.
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    14. Magnetic resonance neurography in the diagnosis of neuropathies of the lumbosacral plexus: a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2016 Nov - Dec; 40(6):1118-1130. Robbins NM, Shah V, Benedetti N, Talbott JF, Chin CT, Douglas VC. PMID: 27454861.
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    15. National characteristics and predictors of neurologic 30-day readmissions. Neurology. 2016 Feb 16; 86(7):669-75. Guterman EL, Douglas VC, Shah MP, Parsons T, Barba J, Josephson SA. PMID: 26791149.
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    16. A Neurohospitalist Discharge Clinic Shortens the Transition From Inpatient to Outpatient Care. Neurohospitalist. 2016 Apr; 6(2):64-9. Shah M, Douglas V, Scott B, Josephson SA. PMID: 27053983.
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    17. Hospitalist Neurology. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):609. Josephson SA, Douglas VC. PMID: 26595860.
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    18. Moving Beyond Metabolic Encephalopathy: An Update on Delirium Prevention, Workup, and Management. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):646-55. Brown EG, Douglas VC. PMID: 26595865.
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    19. Adult-onset central nervous system hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: a case report. BMC Neurol. 2015 Oct 14; 15:203. Pastula DM, Burish M, Reis GF, Bollen A, Cha S, Ralph J, Douglas VC. PMID: 26467435.
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    20. A Prospective Comparison of Informant-based and Performance-based Dementia Screening Tools to Predict In-Hospital Delirium. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Oct-Dec; 29(4):312-6. Zeng L, Josephson SA, Fukuda KA, Neuhaus J, Douglas VC. PMID: 25350550.
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    21. Should CT Angiography be a Routine Component of Acute Stroke Imaging? Neurohospitalist. 2015 Jul; 5(3):97-8. Douglas V, Shamy M, Bhattacharya P. PMID: 26288667.
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    22. Reduced apparent diffusion coefficient in neuromyelitis optica-associated optic neuropathy. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Mar; 35(1):101-2. Horton JC, Douglas VC, Cha S. PMID: 25574902.
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    23. Exhausting the differential. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 May; 29(5):808-12. Chiovaro J, Douglas V, Gaggar A, Dhaliwal G. PMID: 24395100.
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    24. Chapter 61 Dementia and Systemic Disease. Aminoff\u0027s Neurology and General Medicine. 2014 Jan 1; 1263-1277. Vanja C. Douglas, S. Andrew Josephson. .
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    25. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in the medical and surgical intensive care unit. Neurocrit Care. 2013 Dec; 19(3):336-41. Kamel H, Betjemann JP, Navi BB, Hegde M, Meisel K, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. PMID: 22820998.
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    26. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in a general inpatient population. Neurodiagn J. 2013 Sep; 53(3):207-16. Betjemann JP, Nguyen I, Santos-Sanchez C, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. PMID: 24046969.
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    27. The AWOL tool: derivation and validation of a delirium prediction rule. J Hosp Med. 2013 Sep; 8(9):493-9. Douglas VC, Hessler CS, Dhaliwal G, Betjemann JP, Fukuda KA, Alameddine LR, Lucatorto R, Johnston SC, Josephson SA. PMID: 23922253.
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    28. CXCL13 plus interleukin 10 is highly specific for the diagnosis of CNS lymphoma. Blood. 2013 Jun 06; 121(23):4740-8. Rubenstein JL, Wong VS, Kadoch C, Gao HX, Barajas R, Chen L, Josephson SA, Scott B, Douglas V, Maiti M, Kaplan LD, Treseler PA, Cha S, Hwang JH, Cinque P, Cyster JG, Lowell C. PMID: 23570798.
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    29. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in a general inpatient population. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Apr; 88(4):326-31. Betjemann JP, Nguyen I, Santos-Sanchez C, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. PMID: 23541007.
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    30. A systematic approach to the diagnosis of suspected central nervous system lymphoma. JAMA Neurol. 2013 Mar 01; 70(3):311-9. Scott BJ, Douglas VC, Tihan T, Rubenstein JL, Josephson SA. PMID: 23319132.
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    31. Getting to the right question. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Sep; 28(9):1242-6. Cassese T, Kaplan E, Douglas V, Dhaliwal G. PMID: 23184311.
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    32. Effect of a neurohospitalist service on outcomes at an academic medical center. Neurology. 2012 Sep 04; 79(10):988-94. Douglas VC, Scott BJ, Berg G, Freeman WD, Josephson SA. PMID: 22914833.
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    33. Utility of MRI in spinal arteriovenous fistula. Neurology. 2012 Jul 03; 79(1):25-30. Toossi S, Josephson SA, Hetts SW, Chin CT, Kralik S, Jun P, Douglas VC. PMID: 22592367.
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    34. Diagnostic Yield of Electroencephalography Is Substantial in the General Inpatient Population (P04.011). Neurology. 2012 Apr 25; 78(Meeting Abstracts 1):p04.011-p04.011. I. Nguyen, J. Betjemann, C. Santos, V. Douglas, S. Josephson. .
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    35. A message from the editor in chief. Neurohospitalist. 2012 Apr; 2(2):45. Douglas V. PMID: 23983862.
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    36. Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas and intrathecal venous drainage: correlation between digital subtraction angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical findings. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 May; 16(5):433-40. Hetts SW, Moftakhar P, English JD, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Lawton MT, Douglas VC, Halbach VV. PMID: 22324803.
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    37. Neurohospitalist: A newly popular career choice. Neurol Clin Pract. 2011 Dec; 1(1):55-60. Josephson SA, Douglas VC. PMID: 29443285.
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    38. Altered mental status. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2011 Oct; 17(5 Neurologic Consultation in the Hospital):967-83. Douglas VC, Josephson SA. PMID: 22809977.
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    39. Dementia=(MC)2: a 4-item screening test for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2011 Jul-Sep; 25(3):220-4. Douglas VC, Neuhaus J, Johnson JK, Racine CA, Miller BL, Josephson SA. PMID: 21566510.
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    40. Autoimmune-Mediated Encephalopathy: Classification, Evaluation, and MR Imaging Patterns of Disease. Neurographics. 2011 Jun 1; 1(1):2-16. Ramin R. Saket, Michael D. Geschwind, S. Andrew Josephson, Vanja C. Douglas, Christopher P. Hess. .
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    41. A message from the editor in chief. Neurohospitalist. 2011 Jan; 1(1):4. Douglas VC. PMID: 23983830.
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    42. A proposed roadmap for inpatient neurology quality indicators. Neurohospitalist. 2011 Jan; 1(1):8-15. Douglas VC, Josephson SA. PMID: 23983832.
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    43. Neuromyelitis optica, psychiatric symptoms and primary polydipsia: a case report. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2010 Nov-Dec; 32(6):648.e5-8. Woolley J, Douglas VC, Cree BA. PMID: 21112466.
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    44. Presentation of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome in patients on calcineurin inhibitors. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2010 Dec; 112(10):886-91. Burnett MM, Hess CP, Roberts JP, Bass NM, Douglas VC, Josephson SA. PMID: 20800343.
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    45. Urgent neurology consultation from the ED for transient ischemic attack. Am J Emerg Med. 2011 Jul; 29(6):601-8. Kim AS, Sidney S, Bernstein AL, Douglas VC, Johnston SC. PMID: 20825839.
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    46. Delirium. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2010 Apr; 16(2 Dementia):120-34. Douglas VC, Josephson SA. PMID: 22810284.
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    47. Improvement in intensive care unit outcomes in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage after initiation of neurointensivist co-management. J Neurosurg. 2010 Mar; 112(3):626-30. Josephson SA, Douglas VC, Lawton MT, English JD, Smith WS, Ko NU. PMID: 19731990.
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    48. Seizures in corticobasal degeneration: a case report. Neurocase. 2009 Aug; 15(4):352-6. Douglas VC, DeArmond SJ, Aminoff MJ, Miller BL, Rabinovici GD. PMID: 19544144.
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    49. Do the Brain Attack Coalition's criteria for stroke centers improve care for ischemic stroke? Neurology. 2005 Feb 08; 64(3):422-7. Douglas VC, Tong DC, Gillum LA, Zhao S, Brass LM, Dostal J, Johnston SC. PMID: 15699369.
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    50. Alzheimer disease risk and genetic variation in ACE: a meta-analysis. Neurology. 2004 Feb 10; 62(3):363-8. Elkins JS, Douglas VC, Johnston SC. PMID: 14872014.
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    51. Head computed tomography findings predict short-term stroke risk after transient ischemic attack. Stroke. 2003 Dec; 34(12):2894-8. Douglas VC, Johnston CM, Elkins J, Sidney S, Gress DR, Johnston SC. PMID: 14615614.
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    52. Ultraviolet and ionizing radiation enhance the growth of BCCs and trichoblastomas in patched heterozygous knockout mice. Nat Med. 1999 Nov; 5(11):1285-91. Aszterbaum M, Epstein J, Oro A, Douglas V, LeBoit PE, Scott MP, Epstein EH. PMID: 10545995.
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